BOSTON – A 46-year-old Dorchester woman was attacked while walking on a Boston bike path on Tuesday during the day.

According to WCVB, the woman was attacked around 2 p.m. while walking on the Neponset Trail bike path in Mattapan. She was left with lacerations and contusions after reportedly being struck with a heavy object.

Investigators shared that the woman was walking around the area of 350 River Street near the Ryan Playground when the assailant approached the woman. He spoke to her and then assaulted her when she began to move away with him.

The victim is said to have seen her attacker. He is described as an African-American male roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing a long sleeve navy blue shirt and matching sweatshirts with afro-style hair, roughly three inches in height.

She was brought to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston following the attack and released several hours later after receiving medical care.

Residents who live nearby were surprised to hear of the brazen attack during broad daylight.

"It's pretty quiet, there's normally kids in the park and things," Maureen Swan told Boston 25 News.

"Hopefully it's an isolated incident," Swan said. "It's been a quiet neighborhood for the most part. It's never felt unsafe, I've been here a long time."

Massachusetts State Police are currently looking into the matter and believe that the attack may have been random in nature.

"Based on information obtained by State Police Troop H detectives, we believe the attack on the 46-year-old female victim was random," state police spokesman Dave Procopio wrote in an email Wednesday morning.

Police are searching for the man and ask that the public come forward with any information they might have.

Police are currently patrolling the bike path to secure public safety.

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